Letting Go

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In June of 2012 I wrote a book that was very close to my heart.

It was a story that was outlined the previous year and worked on via Nanowrimo 2011 but the story had been brewing for many years. I knew these characters. They spoke to me and I spoke to them. When I finished the book I was ecstatic and began the process of revisions and letting others read it.

And then I discovered it was a typical first book. Full of mistakes and the story just needed something more. I put it aside in February and began to write something fun while still trying to revise book number one. I would constantly make weekly goals and then monthly goals and then no goals.

Yes, as of April 1st I have officially tabled this project.

What does this mean? Does it mean I don’t love this book anymore. Does it mean that it will wither and day. Quite the contrary. It hit me last month that to make this story better – I need to let it go. I had held on to this story for so long that I never truly let it breathe. And I really need to find a way to give it a new life – thus I am taking a break from it.

I look forward to possibly coming back to my first book during the summer or during the fall. As for now, I have a Science Fiction book that has flowed together perfectly. I also have a picture book idea I’m working on during Campnanowrimo as well as multiple stickies full of book series ideas and outlines on my computer.

I have plenty to do – I just needed to learn what I had to let go of.

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Taking Time Off

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I have been writing non-stop since last June. I have outlined 3 books in a mystery series, 7 picture books, wrote one Adult Cont. Fiction, one NA Dystopian, and of course – I write medical consents for a living.

After I wrote “The End” on the last novel, I had physically couldn’t make myself look at anything else. Now, don’t get me wrong, my brain wanted to. I wanted to look at that novel and nitpick. I wanted to fret over ALL the words and why I wrote them. I was like a drug addict dependent on her words – I had to have them!

But I stopped myself. My head hurt, I was sleepy, and I think I needed sunlight:) I looked at my stack of books to be read, my gym membership, my family, and the beautiful sun outside this past weekend and knew I needed to take time off.

I am so happy I did.

When I looked at my novel Tuesday night, I had a light bulb moment. The perfect prologue came to my mind. I quickly wrote it down and then closed my computer. I have vowed not to look at the manuscript again until this weekend.

Sometimes we need to take time off from our babies. We need a break to bring clarity. I feel like that book was good but after this break – WATCH OUT! I’m going to make this MS great!

What are you working on and when did you get that moment of clarity?

(Also, Martin was the winner of the gift card.  Congrats!)